Your Donations Help Put Your Hands Together Food Ministry and Tabor Lutheran Church to Reach Out to Families in Crisis in Their Community
On Wednesday, January 25, Tabor Lutheran Church, Chicago, Illinois, staff member Emily Pacyga stopped by Lutheran Church Charities Headquarters to pick up several donations, three boxes of Christian books, a bag containing winter coats and winter clothing, and a bag of bath towels, to use in their ministry to the community.
The box of books called “God Loves Mom” will be used by the group Young Lives, a support group for moms in the community. Tabor has hosted this community group for four years. When Covid hit, and flooding damaged their meeting room, the group-ceased meeting; but come March 2023, they will resume their meetings. Through building caring relationships with these women and children, Tabor is able to share the message of the love of Jesus with them.
Two boxes of books titled "Hope When Your Heart is Broken" will go to the Celebrate Recovery, a ministry Tabor started six years ago. Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based, 12-step recovery program for anyone experiencing life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
Tabor’s newest Hispanic Outreach Ministry took a leap of faith in the summer of 2023 when Tabor called Spanish-speaking Pastor Walter Ramirez. Moving into the New Year, Tabor now offers a second Sunday worship service in Spanish with an attendance of 30+ people.
Over the past six months, your donations of furniture and houseware have helped Tabor to meet the physical needs of many refugee families. With the New Year, Tabor has added English as a Second Language classes (ESL) to its ministry outreach to the community.
Tabor’s Food Pantry & Food distribution has grown in the number of people being served. LCC was able to connect them to the Put Your Hands Together Food Ministry (PYHT) of Immanuel Hillside, which will be supplying them with food on a monthly basis as well as including special deliveries.
On Palm Sunday of 2023, Tabor will be confirming six new members into the congregation. The last time held a confirmation service after a decade or more of no confirmation classes was six years ago. Only one of the three students confirmed was from a member family of Tabor. The other two students were from former member families that no longer live in the Chicago area. Their families were once members of the old Tabor before 2016.
LCC received the following note from Jane Siou, Program Director, Put Your Hands Together Food Ministry (PYHT), Immanuel, Hillside.
Put Your Hands Together Food Outreach (PYHT), a ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church-Hillside, is blessed by our partnerships with Lutheran Church Charities, NID-LCMS, District Churches, and their wonderful ministries. Together, with help from our generous food donors, we were able to bring much-needed food assistance to Iglesia Tabor Church, Pastor Walter Ramirez, and the refugee families in their care last week.
Our ministry goal this year is to continue to support our ethnic ministries throughout the district, and our Lord certainly has provided both opportunity and an abundance of supply! Thanks be to God for answering our prayers!
On Saturday morning, January 28, we received a large donation of Hello Fresh meal boxes that we were able to deliver to Iglesia Tabor Church within a couple of hours.
As I sat at home on Saturday morning in grateful prayer, anticipating the snow and how I would spend the day at home in my pajamas, God had other plans for me when I received a call from Hello Fresh. I realized that I needed to be an active participant in the prayer-answering process and that the Lord needed me.
We look forward to continuing our work together, creating new partnerships, and sharing the news of our PYHT Expansion Project.
Thank you for your support and prayers,
PYHT Ministry Director
Please prayerfully consider donating to help PYHT Food Ministry supply food to churches serving those in need in our communities.
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